We Three – Pastel Painting


Pastel seascape painting    12 inches x 16 inches       See Pricing
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I started this painting using a few dark NuPastels, but almost every other stroke is done with the new Sennelier Seaside 30 half-stick set I received from Savoir-Faire. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about abandoning my table full of thousands of pastels with endless colors and many levels of hardness. I’ve been using some combination of them for almost 15 years. Even though I routinely use only 15-20 pastels on a painting, I didn’t think I could possibly choose between ONLY these 30 hues. The amazing thing was that it wasn’t difficult at all. If I didn’t have the exact color I wanted, I simply layered multiple colors til I achieved something close. Senneliers are so soft and creamy that they almost blend like oil paint. And since this set is especially chosen for painting seascapes, I was well on my way to achieving a unified look.

Creating this painting using a limited palette has inspired me to build a much smaller plein air set. I love the Heilman box I use now but it so large that I worry about it toppling. Its also difficult to lug around while I am searching for a location to paint. I have a small Dakota Pastel box that is about half the size of the Heilman. I’m going to load it up and practice with it around my home turf. If it works, I’ll be taking a much lighter load to the Plein Air Convention in San Diego!

#Sennelier   #Savoir-Faire  #PACE17


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Foam core coated with pastel ground
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Savoir-Faire!


Charlevoix Daze-Pastel landscape painting    6″ x 8″       See Pricing
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Savoir-Faire, the importer of fine art supplies, contacted me recently. They liked my work and wondered if I would be an Ambassador for their products. That was an easy question for me. YES! I’ve always loved using Sennelier Pastels (my favorites), Fabriano and Tiziano papers, Cretacolors and many other of their fine products. But I was unaware just how deep Savoir-Faire’s product line goes. I’m really looking forward to trying their new watercolor and gouaches, sketching pads, Raphael brushes, HC 10 Fixative, charcoal – the list is endless!

A couple of weeks ago Savoir-Faire sent me a luscious box of pastel-related products: Their new half-pastel Seaside set, Le Pastellist Brushes, a pad of Sennelier Pastel Card and a groovy t-shirt!

I had never tried Pastel Card and was eager to give it a go. I chose a view of Lake Michigan through the trees to experiment with on half of a sand-colored sheet. (The 12.5″ x 9.5″pad came with 2 each of 6 neutral-toned colors.) I started in my usual way with a dark under painting washed down with odorless mineral spirits. I had heard that using water with this substrate is not suggested, but the mineral spirits worked just fine. The surface is very different from sanded papers, but the more I layered it, the more I liked it. The texture is created by an even application of finely ground cork and vegetable flakes, and the paper is light-fast and acid-free. It really holds a lot of pigment and has an interesting pebbled texture that works well for landscapes. I’m looking forward to using it during the upcoming plein air season. The Seaside set will come in very handy at the Plein Air Convention in San Diego! I’ve been practicing seascapes using these new pastels and will post one in a couple of days.

#Sennelier   #Savoir-Faire  #PACE17


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Senellier Pastel Card
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Figure Drawing Class

Well, I’m sticking to my New Year’s Resolution to attend figure drawing class. Sort of.

I finally went to my first session in early February. I wanted to shake it up and use a different medium than the charcoal I used most of last year. I decided to use only sienna and purple gouache on Yupo paper (which is very much like plastic), concentrating on proportions, values and loose brushwork. I really liked working on this substrate because it’s easy to wipe out an area if you make a mistake, and then paint it back in. Also, if you scrub down some background color first, you can “lift out” the lighter areas to create highlights.

Our model was a muscular, middle-aged man who poses in the classic tradition. The first two above were 10-minute sketches and the ones below are 20-minute attempts.

Then I got bored and starting painting the artists painting the model (with ultramarine blue added to the palette…

 

Sunset Stroll – Oil Painting


Oil Plein Air Landscape Painting    8 x 10 inches      See Pricing

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Summer days and nights “Up North” on Lake Michigan, the grand dame of them all…

 

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Bright Wintertide – Pastel Painting


Pastel landscape painting    12 inches x 16 inches       See Pricing
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We’ve had a fairly mild winter so far in Michigan. But a couple of weeks ago about 4 inches of snow greeted us when we awoke. And there was SUN, and LIGHT! Everything was sparkly and bright and I just had to capture it before it turned grey again.  I undercoated this piece with a yellow-orange tone because I wanted to play with the vibration that occurs when that color is seen beneath its complement, a purple-blue color.


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Foam core coated with pastel ground
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

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